Georgia Magazine - August 2013 - (Page 38B)

Gardens plant of the month It’s My View Easy-care plants A collection of readers’ favorite ‘Viewpoint’ columns from GEORGIA Magazine Order your copy now t’ A collection of readers’ favorite ‘Viewpoin columns from GEORGIA Magazine By Paul Wood Membership Corp. President/CEO, Georgia Electric More than 100 of Paul Wood’s top “Viewpoint” columns in a 6-by-9-inch hardcover book of 200-plus pages! Copies are available for $19.98, including shipping. Mail your check for $19.98 per copy to: GEORGIA Magazine/Viewpoint, P Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085, or go .O. online to to place your order and be billed. Order your copy now! My order/“Bill me address”: Name Address (No P.O. Boxes) City / State / ZIP Email Address Phone County Send gift copy to: Name Address (No P.O. Boxes) City / State / ZIP (Use additional sheet for more gifts.) Total Copies Ordered: Total Payment Enclosed: Make check payable to and mail to: GEORGIA Magazine/Viewpoint, P.O. Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085 38B August gardening chores Dish gardens featuring succulents are easy to maintain and can be enjoyed year-round. S ucculents continue to grow in popularity for their low to nearly nocare garden beauty. These plants are characterized by their ability to store water in their leaves or stems making them the perfect choice for hot, dry weather. There are hundreds of different types of succulents and each has its own distinct personality. They are loved for their clean, geometric shapes and their distinct foliage color. Some will even flower, which is an added bonus in your container garden. Most succulents grown in the South are annuals and are typically planted in containers during the hot summer months. However, there are also perennial succulents that work well in the landscape, like most types of sedum. Plant succulents in any area with well-draining soil and full sun (six to eight hours of sunlight a day). If outside, succulents will usually receive enough water from the rain, so supplemental watering is not needed. If you plant succulents in containers, make sure the pot has a drainage hole. Fill the container three-quarters full of well-draining potting mix, like E.B. Stone Cactus Mix, taking care to firmly tap the soil and water to reMore online at • Dead-head for continuous blooms. Continue to remove faded blooms on annuals such as geraniums, marigolds, petunias, salvia, verbena and zinnias. Not doing so will cause the plants to stop blooming and produce seed which signals the end of the plant’s life cycle. • Rejuvenate annuals. By this point in the summer, some annuals may have become spindly or leggy. It is a good time to pinch or trim them back by as much as half of their current height. They will soon begin to leaf out, look thicker and start to bloom again. • Water wisely. Plants setting berries, like pyracantha or hollies, and plants setting flower buds for next year’s blooms, like azaleas and camellias, will benefit from a little extra water. Most established plants need about one inch of water per week to perform at their best. Water between 6-10 a.m. just until you see run off. • Mound up the mulch. Make sure all planting areas have a 2-inch layer of mulch. Mulches help to regulate soil temperature, conserve moisture in the soil and prevent weed development. move any air pockets. When the average nighttime temperature is similar to the temperature inside your home, you can even bring your succulent container garden indoors. For optimum growth, succulents like regular feedings with products like Grow More Cactus Juice. The key to success is to avoid excess watering and to ensure proper drainage. Soon, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, modern-looking succulents! Source: Pike Nurseries, GEORGIA MAGAZINE COURTESY PIKE NURSERIES It’s My View Bonus t n conte

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2013

Georgia Magazine - August 2013
Georgia News
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Sweet Success
Tracking the Bottlenose Dolphins
Saving Wilma; Dolphin Facts
Around Georgia
While Visiting Lake Oconee
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
Second Helping: We All Scream for More Ice Cream!
More Snapshot Photos
Plant of the Month
August’s Online Trivia Contest
Georgia Grown Spotlight

Georgia Magazine - August 2013